Penne or rigatoni served in a vodka cream sauce. So easy and when you make it, everyone is so impressed! The sauce can made a day in advance, which really brings out all the flavors.

Dawn
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.

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  • In a large saucepan melt butter over medium low heat; add vodka, red pepper flakes and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Blend in tomato sauce, tomato paste and cream; increase heat to bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce has slightly thickened; season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Reduce heat to very low and stir in cheese; add cooked pasta and more cheese, if desired. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

654 calories; 33.1 g total fat; 98 mg cholesterol; 497 mg sodium. 62.4 g carbohydrates; 13.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2003
WOW..Thats the 1st word that popped into my head once I made & tried this recipe. Put it this way now at every famiy function it is my duty to make this. I scaled it to 25 people & had it for a christening & a 50th bday party. Very rich & so tasty. I added some parsley for a lil extra taste. But I make this at least once a month for my family. My niece eats it for breakfast! Enough said... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/05/2005
We didn't like this at all. There was an after-taste that was not appealing. I will not make this again. Read More
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58 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2003
WOW..Thats the 1st word that popped into my head once I made & tried this recipe. Put it this way now at every famiy function it is my duty to make this. I scaled it to 25 people & had it for a christening & a 50th bday party. Very rich & so tasty. I added some parsley for a lil extra taste. But I make this at least once a month for my family. My niece eats it for breakfast! Enough said... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2003
WOW..Thats the 1st word that popped into my head once I made & tried this recipe. Put it this way now at every famiy function it is my duty to make this. I scaled it to 25 people & had it for a christening & a 50th bday party. Very rich & so tasty. I added some parsley for a lil extra taste. But I make this at least once a month for my family. My niece eats it for breakfast! Enough said... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2005
Hi this is Dawn if your meal tasted too much like vodka chances are you did not simmer it long enough. The vodka taste burns off! Enjoy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2002
This was delicious!! Everyone loved it and I can't thank you enough for sharing such a great recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2006
Very good. DH and I thought this was a nice change from the regular marinara sauce (even if it did look a little too much like tomato soup LOL). I added frozen Italian meatballs and chopped mushrooms to the sauce while it cooked. We really liked the flavor. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2005
Very yummy and easy to boot. I like that it's quick and also made with ingredients I usually have on hand. I did add a bit of garlic and a bit of ground oregano to round the sauce out. I served this topped with strips of pan-friend prosciutto. Our guest my two toddlers my husband and I all cleaned our plates it was a hit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2004
Great! But I had to leave out the crushed red pepper in my next batch for the pennevodkophiles. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2011
I just made this meal for my boyfriend and we loved it! I modified the recipe slightly. I added garlic to the butter as it melted to give it more flavor and a can of crushed tomatoes with Italian seasoning for texture as the other tomato items were added. I also chopped up about eight fresh basil leaves and added them to the sauce at the end with the parmesan cheese. Next time I plan on halving the amount of butter used in the recipe to cut back on fat. Overall this recipe was quick simple and really really tasty at the end of the day. It's definitely going into our hearty food rotation. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2008
this is my favorite recipe EVER. Comes out perfect every time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2010
I have been using this recipe for years it is a family favorite - thank you Dawn! I agree anyone ending up with a strong Vodka taste didn't simmer long enough. We've never had an issue with that. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/05/2005
We didn't like this at all. There was an after-taste that was not appealing. I will not make this again. Read More
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